Ernest Lawlers

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Ernest Lawlers
Also known as Little Son Joe
Born (1900-05-18)May 18, 1900
Hughes, Arkansas, United States
Died November 14, 1961(1961-11-14) (aged 61)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Genres Blues
Occupations Guitarist, vocalist, composer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1930s – 1950s
Labels Columbia

Ernest Lawlers (May 18, 1900 – November 14, 1961)[1] was an American blues guitarist, vocalist, and composer, also known as Little Son Joe.

Life and career[edit]

Lawlers was born in Hughes, Arkansas, United States. He is best known for his musical partnership with his wife, Memphis Minnie, but he had been playing guitar and singing blues for some years around Memphis before they got together, including a period with Rev. Robert Wilkins, whom he accompanied on record in 1935. He took up with Minnie in the late 1930s, replacing her previous husband and partner, Kansas Joe McCoy. Lawlers made records under his own name, including the well known "Black Rat Swing", but mostly appeared in the supporting role, on a large number of sides covering most of the 1940s and the early years of the following decade. He retired from music with Minnie in the 1950s.[2]

He died in Memphis, Tennessee, in November 1961 from heart disease.[1]

Selective discography[edit]

Year Title Genre Label Songs
1997 Me & My Chauffeur 1935-1946 Blues EPM "Hoodoo Lady"
"Hot Stuff"
"My And My Chauffeur Blues"
"My Baby Don't Want Me No More"
2000 Pickin' the Blues with Kansas Joe McCoy Blues Culture "Bumble Bee"
"When The Levee Breaks"
"Joe Louis Strut"
"Crazy Cryin' Blues"
"Picking The Blues"
"Ma Rainey"


  1. ^ a b - accessed December 2009
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin. The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Guinness, page 2520, (1995) - ISBN 1-56159-176-9

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